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October 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests. I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a hockey mask and scare the neighborhood kids at the haunted house on our block. So I like to think I've seen it all - from the mundane to the extreme. But I've never experienced anything like McKamey Manor . > Photos: Inside the McKamey Manor backyard haunt in San Diego On Friday night I went through the backyard haunt tucked behind the three-bedroom, brick-and-stucco home of Russ and Carol McKamey in an otherwise ordinary San Diego subdivision near Poway.
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NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- At 2:49 p.m. exactly Tuesday, Boston observed a moment of silence to commemorate the minute the first bomb exploded a year ago at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A solemn bell tolled in drizzling rain, a choir sang the national anthem and many in the crowd saluted or bowed their heads. Destruction tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago, killing three and seriously injuring hundreds of others. But victims and Boston leaders did not focus on the destruction that two bombs heaved on the city during a tribute event on Tuesday in the Hynes Convention Center, directly across the street from the scene of the attacks.
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May 1, 1985 | ANN JAPENGA, Times Staff Writer
She was what was known as a "particular friend" in convent vernacular. An older nun, she was both teacher and inspiration to Nancy Manahan, who was at the time in her first year at the Maryknoll Missionary Sisters' Novitiate near St. Louis. Because talking was allowed only during restricted periods and preferring the company of one nun over the others was forbidden, Manahan said she often had to confess to two transgressions--breaking silence and having a particular friend.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Mix together a pound of ground lamb meat, a cup of fava beans, a splash of Chianti and some comedy seasonings, and what do you get? "Silence! The Musical" is a riotous and often profane theatrical stew that sends up the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs. " Since opening in New York last year, the stage comedy has become a modest success and has run at two different off-Broadway spaces. Next week, the show will make its Los Angeles debut at the Hayworth Theatre. The L.A. opening is particularly meaningful for the show's songwriting brothers, Jon and Al Kaplan.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
HEALTH
October 29, 2007 | By Diana Hossfeld, Special to The Times
A couple of months ago, I woke up early for my usual workout. I pulled on running clothes and shoes, fastened my hair back and reached for my iPod. Instantly, my stomach clenched as I looked down at the angry red color indicating the battery was dead. How was I supposed to go for a 5-mile run without Fergie, Gwen and Justin urging me on? Heading out into the hot Southern California summer sans music, I braced myself for a horrible workout. Yet as my body began warming up, I noticed something startling.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2010
Even Silence Has an End My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Ingrid Betancourt Penguin Press: 530 pp., $29.95
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Top three reasons why (almost) no one showed up at the early Florida Panthers-Nashville Predators preseason game Monday afternoon at the Panthers home rink, the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. 1) Not yet snowing significantly in Canada. The snowbirds don't need to come to Florida for a few more weeks. 2) Truly compelling kickball game in a nearby park. 3) Grass-roots protest of pending arrival of goalie Tim Thomas, who accepted a professional tryout invitation. Kidding aside, there were valid reasons why there was the sad vision of empty seats, duly noted by Deadspin and multiple blogs, originally tweeted by Erin Brown of Fox Sports Florida: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Anthem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1994
Re "Moment of Silence in Schools Endorsed by Senate Resolution," Feb. 5: Ah, come on, Senators--give us teachers a break! Change "one moment of silence" to at least one hour. HELEN CHROSTOWSKI South Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Susan Straight
What does it take to be a writer: A room of one's own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books, we asked five celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. First up is Susan Straight, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. I wrote the stories in my first book by hand, in these places: at the counter of the Mobil station where I worked in 1979, between customers, eating beef jerky and stale cashews out of the nut mix no one ever bought from the cloudy glass compartments beneath my notebook; sitting on a huge rock at the beach in Rosarito, Mexico, in 1983 after my husband fell asleep in the tiny hotel where we spent our two-night honeymoon, writing in my notebook; sitting at a card table in married student housing in 1984 in Amherst with the small blue Smith-Corona my mother had given me for high school graduation; in a pale green 1980-something Fiat with brakes that went out all the time, upon which occasion my husband would have me sit in the driver's seat and pump the brakes while he was underneath the car in the gravel driveway of our house back in Riverside in 1988, and I held a notebook and pen, writing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Lars von Trier is in many ways the central casting version of an international art house filmmaker. Or maybe a "Saturday Night Live" parody played straight. Often giving himself the role of the provocateur, Von Trier makes films that dare to examine the trickier corners of the human condition - grief, love, lust and their intersections - and there is without question something bold in his desire and ability for confrontation. Yet as he has became known to many people for his news conference pranksterism instead of his actual filmmaking, it has seemed over the last few years that he has gone a bit off the rails, perhaps losing himself to his own self-created persona as the most terrible of enfants terribles . It had become something of a spectator sport for Von Trier to face off against an often hostile, baiting international press corps with each new film and bait them right back.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The notebook in which UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien jots his thoughts carried a different message recently. "I always write notes to myself, I have a huge notebook," Lucien said. "The note for spring was, 'Prove everything to yourself; don't worry about proving anything to anyone else.'" This is a new Lucien, who will be a junior this fall. The yakking, something that was as much his game as his speed and sure hands, has stopped. There seems a more focused purpose to his demeanor.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- A week after a mudslide ripped through the town and the highway that connects Arlington and nearby Darrington, the communities plan to mark the anniversary with a moment of silence. Gov. Jay Inslee extended the observance statewide, with his office asking residents "to join him in this moment of silence as a show of respect for those who have died and a gesture of comfort for those who grieve. " The death toll from the mudslide in Oso stands at 17, with another victim recovered Friday and 90 more people still missing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The subject of "Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence" is a Trappist monk and a prolific author who's considered a transformative figure in contemporary Christianity. In the 1970s, Keating became a key figure in the revival of contemplative prayer, reshaping an ancient monastic tradition for modern-day seekers. Filmmakers Elena Mannes and Peter C. Jones are attentive to the beauty and discipline of meditative devotion, and their portrait will be of special interest to followers for its intimate conversations with the monk, who turned 91 on March 7. Jones, Keating's nephew, has a background in art photography, evident in the creative use of composite stills.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
OPINION
August 1, 2010 | By Garret Keizer
When bread is scarce, corpulence counts as beauty; when garbage dumpsters stink with wasted food, slenderness is prized. Small wonder that in our noisy civilization we should speak so longingly of silence. But most of us, most of the time, do not really desire silence. Something in us recoils from an utter absence of sound. The composer John Cage famously spent some time in a sensory deprivation chamber; he did not enjoy himself. Silence and noise have both been used as interrogation techniques.
SPORTS
October 5, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
The home stands are packed at Santa Ana Stadium, where Anaheim Servite is about to take on unbeaten Concord De La Salle, the #1-ranked team in California. A moment of silence was observed for George Dena, the head football coach at Servite from 1961 to 1971 and created the school's signature "Hut Drill. " Dena died September 20 at the age of 75.  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The beating death of Kim Pham has begun to morph into urban legend a la Kitty Genovese, the New York City woman stabbed to death 50 years ago while dozens of bystanders supposedly watched but did nothing to help her. In the Genovese case, it took decades to debunk that claim, which became the basis of a psychological concept called the "bystander effect" that explains why crowds fail to come to a victim's aid. In the Pham case, it took...
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